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CHNG4813: Engineering Project A (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG4813: Engineering Project A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Wang, David
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CHNG3801 AND CHNG3802 AND CHNG3803 AND CHNG3805 AND CHNG3806 AND CHNG3807.
Prohibitions: CHNG4811 OR CHNG4812.
Brief Handbook Description: The ability to plan, systematically conduct and report on a major research project is an important skill for professional engineers. This unit of study builds on technical competencies introduced in previous years, as well as making use of the report writing and communications skills the students have developed. The research activity is spread over two units (Chemical Engineering Project A and B) run in first and second semester. In this unit of study, students are required to plan and begin work on a major research project, which is very often some aspect of a staff member's research interests. Some of the projects will be experimental in nature, while others may involve computer-based simulation, design or literature surveys. In this unit, students will learn how to examine published and experimental data, set objectives, organize a program of work and devise an experimental or developmental program. The progress at the end of Engineering Project A will be evaluated based on a seminar presentation and a progress report. The skills acquired will be invaluable to students undertaking engineering work. Students are expected to take the initiative when pursuing their research projects. The supervisor will be available for discussion - typically 1 hour per week.
Assumed Knowledge: Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core chemical engineering units in third year have been successfully completed.
Additional Notes: School permission required for enrolment in the following sessions: Semester 2
Timetable: CHNG4813 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Meeting 1.00 1 13
2 Independent Study 5.00 13
3 Project Work - own time 5.00 2 13
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Students are expected to spend about 5 hours of research related work outside the specified contact periods.

Project Work - own time: progress reports are due continuously to supervisor

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Formulate an appropriate method for investigating a specific engineering question.
2. Document and report project work undertaken in a professional format with appropriate referencing.
3. Deliver a technical presentation that is clear, confident and engaging to an academic audience.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
4. Develop in-depth knowledge of a specialised area within the discipline.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
5. Formulate and plan a personal project investigating an engineering problem.
6. Employ originality, ingenuity and initiative in dealing with critical engineering issues.
7. Analyse data, draw appropriate conclusions and present those conclusions in context, with due consideration of methods and assumptions involved.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Literature review and project plan report No 45.00 Week 7 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Presentation/Seminar No 50.00 Week 13 3, 5,
3 Online quiz: lab safety and thesis requirements No 5.00 Week 3 2, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Report: Progress Report (including literature review)

Presentation/Seminar: Oral Presentation
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 testing of equipment. In undertaking the project, the student will learn how to examine published and experimental data, set objectives,
Lecture/Tutorial: Compulsory induction briefing and safety induction
staff member’s research interests. Some projects will be
simulation, feasibility studies, or the design, construction, and
experimental in nature, others may involve computer-based
significant) research project, which is very often some aspect of a
Allocation of thesis topic and supervisor : Students are asked to write a report based on a modest (but
Engineering Project A is the first part of this project, and it requires the student to make significant progress toward the objectives outlined in their Proposal. This includes a survey of the literature, designing and setting up of the experiment.
these in relation to existing knowledge.
organise a program of work, and analyse results and evaluate
Week 2 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Lecture/Tutorial: Workshop on writing a literature review and preparing a presentation
Week 3 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Assessment Due: Online quiz: lab safety and thesis requirements
Week 4 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 5 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 6 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 7 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Assessment Due: Literature review and project plan report
Week 8 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 9 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 10 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 11 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 12 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Week 13 Works on project; compiles literature review; meets with supervisor to discuss progress
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Exam Period no examination

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 42.5%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 7.5%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 50%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.